Hard Rock Hotel Chicago
What We Love
- Within walking distance of most of Chicago’s major landmarks
- Jamaican fare and reggae beats at Mr. Brown's Lounge
- You’ll never be bored with 24/7 music on the hotel speakers and rock memorabilia on every wall
- Borrow a free Fender guitar from the hotel and live out your own rock star fantasy
- Retro comfort fare courtesy of celeb chef Kerry Simon at Chuck's
What To Know
- The property opened in 2004; guestrooms were renovated in June 2011
- The lively atmosphere is fun for couples and friends
- Pet owners take note: Fido is welcome, for $25, provided he weighs less than 40 pounds
- Free WiFi in the lobby, but there’s a charge to get it in your room
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- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Housed in a historic 40-story Art Deco building only a few blocks off Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, the Hard Rock Hotel is a magnet for fun-seeking young couples, girlfriend getaways and buddy trips — anyone looking for an entertaining stay. The understated contemporary lobby hints at the vibe upstairs. The guestrooms are designed in soothing tones with modern furniture — a leather reading chair and a sleek wooden desk, perhaps — and kind, atmospheric lighting.
Bed & Bath
In each of the hotel’s 381 spacious and hip suites sits an iHome docking station with a ZVOX surround sound system, perfect for jamming to a trip playlist. The hotel has partnered with Fender, so guests can borrow a free guitar during their stay. If you’re no Keith Richards, guitar lessons stream on the room’s 40-inch flat-screen TV. And don’t worry about the noise — yours or your neighbors’ — as the amplifiers come with headphones. The bathrooms are chic and minimal, with walk-in glass-door showers as well as tubs.
Celeb chef and Chicago native Kerry Simon teamed up with the hotel to create Chuck’s restaurant. The Iron Chef has cooked up a menu of indulgent bar bites like short rib waffle fry nachos and truffle-boursin mac and cheese along with retro comfort fare like pork chops with maple cider glaze and Mama Simons meatloaf with seasonal succotash. For Jamaican fare (think jerk chicken, fried plantains and oxtail) in a relaxed dining room setting, head to Mr. Brown’s Lounge, where Rasta art and famed reggae records hang on the walls.
In the Area
Rent a bike (or a Segway) and roll through the lakefront, past the Chicago River, across the Navy Pier and around some of the city’s famed neighborhoods. Now that Chicago has its very own Michelin guide, eat at some of the city’s starred restaurants. Within walking distance or a quick cab ride: Rick Bayless’s Frontera Grill and Topolobampo; Carrie Nahabedian’s Naha; and Andrew Zimmerman’s Sepia. Take a break from the music and stroll through Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Warhol, Koons, Calder and others are part of the permanent collection of modern visual art.
How to Get There
Used to be Hard Rock Hotel.
St Jane is an improvement on all counts.
Refurbished, cleaner and with much nicer
Valet parking expensive (almost half the price
of the room!), but i’ll stay there again.
The hotel is in a remarkable historic building on Michigan Street. The facility and decoration are kind of classic but the rooms were renovated recently with a modern touch. The quite air conditioning unit is truly great for night sleeping. The location is convenient for walking to shops and restaurants.
We had 2 rooms and although they were not adjoining, it was manageable (same floor, just a few doors down).
We spent a weekend in Chicago and this location was perfect.
Easy / quick to walk to the bridge, restaurants, park even to the pier. Also, just accross from the FR consulate where I had an appointment on Monday morning.
Rooms are small, of course, but clean and with quality amenities. The only thing was that it was a bit noisy, from being on such a busy street. We are not used to that (livingv in a cul de sac in a quiet suburb in another state) and I would have expected better sound insulation. Oh well...
We would definitely consider again when returning to Chicago.
The location of this hotel is amazing and the front desk staff were very nice, however, I probably wouldn’t stay here again. The walls are so thin that I could hear every door opening and closing on my floor and in the room above me. Also, the AC/heater unit seemed to get hotter than the set temp each night and couldn’t turn down the temp, and housekeeping knocked on my door at 8:20AM which is way too early in my opinion. All in all, maybe its just a personal preference, but this hotel just isn’t for me
Great hotel with great people. Awesome location, clean and comfortable. We had a group of five friends in two double rooms that worked well for us. Would most definitely go back to the St. Jane and recommend to anyone who is visiting Chicago!